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The Crump Cup returns for its 96th playing at Pine Valley
The 96th playing of the George A. Crump Memorial Tournament, better known as the Crump Cup, is set to tee off this Thursday at Pine Valley Golf Club.

The tournament has long been considered the premier mid-amateur and senior golf event on the amateur golf calendar, and some consider it to be the best experience in amateur golf. To find out why, follow the link below.

Related: Is the Crump Cup the Best Tournament in Amateur Golf?

AmateurGolf.com will have daily coverage of the 96th Crump Cup, beginning Thursday, September 16.

Format

36 holes of stroke play qualifying determine match play brackets of 16 for the mid-amateurs, and 8 for the seniors. Only those in the Championship bracket are eligible for the overall title.

Schedule

Thu Sep 16
Round 1 of stroke play qualifying

Fri Sep 17
Round 2 of stroke play qualifying
Field flighted according to 36-hole score, with the low 16 in the Championship Flight and low 8 in the Senior Championship
Playoff if necessary for the final spot(s) in the Championship bracket

Sat Sep 18
Match Play Round of 16 (A.M.)
Match Play Quarterfinals (P.M.)

Sun Sep 19
Match Play Semifinals (A.M.)
Match Play Final (P.M.)*

Crump Cup Sunday is the one day of the year that the public is invited to Pine Valley, to walk the course and watch the final matches. This year, due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators will be invitation-only, limited to one per player or Pine Valley member.

Champions

Jay Sigel has won the most Crump Cup titles, winning nine times between 1975 and 1993. Longtime Pine Valley Golf Club President O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. won the tournament five times from 1973 to 1989. More recently, Mike McCoy won four times in a seven-year span from 2004 to 2010.

Past champions include giants of the amateur game, going all the way back to Francis Ouimet and Chick Evans, who each won the event in its first five years of existence.

Last Year

The tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that three-time champion Michael Muehr (McLean, Va.) is still the titleholder.


Michael Muehr
In 2019, the 47-year-old Muehr knocked off a pair of U.S. Mid-Amateur champions on Sunday to win his third Crump Cup title, to go along with wins in 2008 and 2014.

Muehr held off Matt Parziale in a 19-hole semifinal match before defeating Scott Harvey in the final, 4&3.

Related: Michael Muehr wins his third Crump Cup title

In the Senior Division, Gene Elliott (W. Des Moines, Iowa) successfully defended his title with a 3&2 finals win over Arnie Cutrell. Elliott, the #1 ranked player in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Ranking and the reigning U.S. Senior champion, is one of only four players to win the open division and the senior division in the tournament's 95-year history.

Related: His at last: Gene Elliott wins U.S. Senior Amateur title

ABOUT THE Crump Cup

The George A. Crump Memorial Tournament-- named for the hotelier and course architect most famous for building Pine Valley -- is arguably the premier mid- amateur event in the United States. The invitational field is made of of top players from around the United States and the UK. The format for the four days is two rounds of stroke play qualifying, followed by four rounds of match play. Players are flighted according to their qualifying position, and a separate Senior flight includes three of those flights. Jay Sigel has won the event the most times, with nine victories between 1975 and 1993.

Normally, the public is invited to attend the Sunday final matches but that tradition has been suspended in 2021 in light of the uncertainty surrounding the Covid- 19 pandemic.

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